A sunshine menu and flamingo-adorned cocktails see in the summer at Bristol Revolution…
Is that the gentle touch of summer warmth I feel on my skin? There may still be a nip in the air, but we have been seeing more blue skies and sunshine recently and I’ve certainly seen some telltale legs swinging over the sides of Bristol’s harbour. It’s official: summer is on its way. How better to celebrate than with some drinks and the new summer menu?
As if they’ve read my mind Bristol’s Revolution have just launched a bevvy of summer-lovin’ cocktails – pink flamingos, stripy straws, retro bottles and all. With a hankering for bright colours, a catch up with the girls and a little slice of summer from one of our fave venues in the city we headed on down to see what was on offer. We visited at lunchtime to celebrate a colleague’s birthday and it was the perfect location: central to Bristol and big enough to fit the whole team.
“We always enjoy going along to Revolutions in Bristol. The staff are always smiling and it’s in a great location in central Bristol, close to St Nic’s market, making it perfect for all occasions. We’ve had plenty of occasions here the big stuff, such as hiring the upstairs room for a company quiz night and getting all the girls together for a hen-weekend cocktail classes to everyday treats like birthday lunches and after work cocktails.
We were invited along on this occasion to sample their new summer menu and cocktails. One thing that Revolutions always do well is the presentation of the drinks. It took us a while to even choose our drinks as they all looked delightful. It’s the extra details, such as serving them in specially designed containers and decorating them with pink flamingos that makes you feel like you’re on holiday.
With the Revolutions card, you get 50% off food and 2-4-1 cocktails. There is a fantastic outdoor area and the interior has been done up to a high standard.”
“I really appreciate when a menu changes to suit the season. It shows an appreciation for fresh produce and means you can revisit a venue numerous times without running out of menu items to enjoy. So, when we heard that Revolutions had a new menu, jam-packed with tasty treats, we were rather keen to visit.
I began with a Florida Hurricane – a fruity cocktail, embellished by a pink flamingo stirrer. It was wonderfully refreshing, and if it hadn’t been a Monday night, I would have no doubt ordered a few more.
When perusing the vibrant food menu, the pizzas initially caught my eye. There are choices to suit all palates, and even the option to ‘go skinny’ and enjoy half a pizza (with a wholegrain and honey dough) accompanied by house salad, for those with smaller appetites. After perusing the lengthy menu, I eventually settled on a sandwich filled with salted beef, smoked cheddar, mustard and mac ‘n’ cheese. The meat was tender, the pasta cheesy and the accompanying fries crispy.
Unfortunately, it was still rather chilly on the day of our visit, but I can’t wait to return to Revolutions soon and make the most of the outdoor seating area, soaking up some sunshine while sampling more of the cocktail selection.”
“The new menu at Revolution might be my favourite yet! I’m veggie, and it was a real treat (and unusual) to have to sit and umm and ahh over all of the many options available – they definitely have more to offer than your average mushroom risotto!
I ordered the halloumi wrap, which was delicious with vodka salsa and crisp salad. I think I did go a bit halloumi mad, as when Emma’s ‘fish’ and chips arrived I couldn’t help but feel a little envious and had to try some (it was amazing).
The new cocktails were great too. I particularly enjoyed the Fizzy Fruit Salad. I also tried a Rumbull, which was unbelievably sweet but would be perfect for sipping outside on a sunny day. I’ll definitely be going back soon to sample some more of the menu!”
“Revolution in Bristol is a favourite haunt of ours as it’s relaxed for a workday wind down and buzzing at the weekends. It can pretty much cater to whatever you need. The building itself is beautiful, and a nice space to enjoy a meal or just drinks.
I decided to start proceedings with a Swedish Black Jack – a bold move for a Monday night, as it is sambuca and vodka based with strawberry purée and crème de mûre. I was impressed – it was not too sweet and with just the right amount of kick, plus it looked stunning in a sleek blue bottle, stripy straw (that’s what I was after) and a plump juicy blackberry peeking out over the top.
After we’d finished cooing over the pretty, stylish new menu designs we opened them to find so many new dishes and so much choice that it took a little while to make a final decision. For me, it had to be the battered halloumi with chips and mushy peas. A veggie take on the traditional fish and chips, I can’t recommend this highly enough, and it was hard to keep this all to myself!
Mangoes to the Beach saw in another round of cocktails and, as we were all pretty full from the generously portioned mains, we vowed to come back for pudding another night. There’s a new cheesecake on that menu, that I’m dying to try!”